Eagle Ford Rig Count at 265 Sept 7, 2012

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The Eagle Ford Shale drilling rig count settled at 265 to end the week. Several rigs were reclassified to take the oil rig count down to 207 from the record 215 last week. The labor day holiday made the week short for most and the only major news was that Pioneer Natural Resources plans to sell its Barnett Shale assets to focus its efforts.┬áThe company will now “reallocate capital to higher-return, core assets in the Permian Basin and the Eagle Ford Shale”. The capital raised will be used to pay down the company’s credit facility. The data room opens in October and a deal is expected to close in the first quarter of next year.

Eagle Ford Oil & Gas Rigs

The number of natural gas rigs increased by 3 to 55 this week. The slight recovery is a bounce off the low of 52 last week. Rigs continue to shift from natural gas to oil targets in Webb County, but DeWitt County saw a jump of 3 rigs that offset the decline in Webb. There are 207 oil rigs working the region. That’s eight off the record set last week, but still near prior records. One injection well is being drilled in Karnes County. Two disposal wells are being drilled – one in Karnes County and one in Leon County.

Henry Hub futures were trading at ~$2.68 on Friday afternoon. Spot prices on the other hand moved almost the same amount, but in a positive direction to $2.85.

WTI was trading at ~$96/bbl Friday afternoon. This is the fourth week in a row we’ve ended trading around that level. Eagle Ford crude priced at $104/bbl on September 6th and light crude and condensate traded at $92 and $91, respectively.

There are 249 horizontal rigs running in the region. The three counties leading development are Karnes with 43 rigs, La Salle with 33 and McMullen with 30. Dimmit (27), DeWitt (21), Webb (21), Gonzales (20), Atascosa (10), Frio (11), and Live Oak (10) round out the top Eagle Ford counties.

News items this week included:

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Eagle Ford Rig Count by Operator

Operator Name Prior Week Current Week
Chesapeake 28 27
Petrohawk (BHP) 28 29
Marathon Oil (Hilcorp) 21 21
EOG Resources 21 20
ConocoPhillips 14 14
Anadarko 10 10
Lewis Petroleum 9 10
Pioneer Natural 11 10
Murphy Oil 9 9
Plains Exploration 9 9
Talisman Energy (Statoil) 9 9
SM Energy 7 7
Rosetta Energy 6 6
Hunt Oil 5 5
EP Energy 4 4
Swift Energy 4 4
Cabot Oil & Gas 3 3
Carrizo Oil & Gas 3 3
Eagle Ford Operating 2 3
Forest Oil 3 3
All Others 64 59
Total 270 265

What is the Rig Count?

The Eagle Ford Shale Rig Count is an index of the total number of oil & gas drilling rigs running across a 30 county area in South Texas. The South Texas rigs referred to in this article are for ALL drilling reported by SmithBits and not solely wells targeting the Eagle Ford formation. All land rigs and onshore rig data shown here are based upon industry estimates provided by the Baker Hughes Rig Count and/or Smith Service Co’s (Schlumberger) Smith Rig Count.

Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County

Texas County Prior Week Current Week Texas County Prior Week Current Week
KARNES 43 40 GRIMES 2 3
LA SALLE 34 33 BEE 2 2
MCMULLEN 31 30 FAYETTE 2 2
DIMMIT 30 27 ROBERTSON 2 2
DEWITT 19 21 Washington 2 2
WEBB 23 21 ZAVALA 3 2
GONZALES 20 20 AUSTIN 1 1
ATASCOSA 7 11 BURLESON 2 1
FRIO 10 11 BASTROP 0 0
LIVE OAK 11 10 COLORADO 0 0
WILSON 7 7 DUVAL 0 0
MADISON 7 6 GOLIAD 0 0
LEON 4 5 LEE 0 0
BRAZOS 4 4 MAVERICK 0 0
LAVACA 4 4 MILAM 0 0
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R.T. Dukes

R.T. Dukes

Managing Editor at EagleFordShale.com
R.T. is the managing editor of EagleFordShale.com. In prior roles, he advised major oil companies on strategy, the macro business environment, and opportunity screening. 2503 Robinhood, Houston, TX, 77005, U.S.A. | Telephone: 832.429.4790

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